Gujarat: High Court grants bail to four people in the first case registered under the new anti-conversion law

Ahmedabad, Oct 13 (PTI) The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday granted bail to four jailed persons in interim relief in the first case registered under an amended law making forced or fraudulent conversion through marriage punishable. .

The case was registered in Vadodara under the amended Gujarat Religious Freedom Act, which is related to an inter-religious couple. The court has given interim relief to the four persons including the main accused.

The petition has been jointly filed by the accused and the complainant – the wife of the main accused.

The petitioners have submitted that there is no communal angle in the entire episode and they have settled the dispute which led to the FIR.

The woman’s advocate Hitesh Gupta told that Justice Ilesh J Vora granted protection from arrest to another accused and said that while the police can continue with its investigation in this case, it will not file a charge sheet against the accused (woman) without informing the court. can do

The accused, who has been protected from arrest, is accused of conspiring to facilitate the marriage of a young man (couple) and advising the woman to undergo an abortion.

“The accused, who are still in jail, have been ordered by the court to release them as an interim measure till the final decision on dismissal of their petitions,” Gupta said.

Three other accused, among the eight named in the FIR, were granted bail by the trial court last month.

The wife of prime accused Sameer Qureshi, in her petition, told the court that her complaint with the Gotri police station in Vadodara was regarding a minor domestic family dispute, which was resolved amicably.

Qureshi’s parents, sisters, uncles, cousins ​​and a religious leader were at the center of the entire episode and are named in the FIR registered under the amended law, which came into force from June 15.

The complainant woman had told the court that the aspect of “love jihad” was added to the FIR by certain religious-political groups who wanted to politicize the issue.

Terming the police action as communally biased, the woman had said that if her plea for quashing of the FIR was not accepted, it would lead to her marital relationship with her husband.

The court on Wednesday granted interim relief to the petitioners, saying it would decide their plea for quashing of the FIR only after it was found that their reconciliation was genuine and that the married couple had lived together for a certain period thereafter.


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